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Posted by V the K at 8:31 pm - July 18, 2017.
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We are in a culture war. The left has been deploying full arsenal… lies, deceit, attacks, and more recently actual violence… while the right has played nice. Evan Sayet explains why nice ain’t cutting it any more.

We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency. We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain? We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same.

So, to my friends on the Left – and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do. These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.
So, say anything you want about this president – I get it, he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights.

It’s like I have been saying, before you attack Donald Trump and the “alt-right,” consider what the GOP Establishment and the old right have accomplished in the last 20 years. They got us into wars they never intended to win and spent money they never intended to pay back. Meanwhile, the radical left took over the media, the schools, the bureaucracy and the courts. It doesn’t matter whether the Republicans were collaborating with the radical left or merely wimping out to them; the result was the same.

Our only option to preserve liberty is to fight back. It is sad that it has come to this.

Foreign affairs

President Trump is in Poland and gave a speech to a large crowd cheering “U! S! A! – U! S! A!” and “Dah! nald! Trump! – Dah! nald! Trump!” Video here, summary/reviews here and here.

It sounds fairly epic:

President Donald J. Trump has said the West faces an existential challenge to “defend our civilisation”, “borders”, and “faith”…

“We must work together to confront forces that threaten over time to undermine our values and erase the bonds of culture, faith, and tradition”, he said…

“Because as the Polish experience reminds us – the defense of the West ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of its people to prevail. The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive?

“Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the courage to preserve our civilisation in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?” he questioned.

He praised the Warsaw Uprising of World War II. As is customary, he skipped over the bad role played by Polish collaborators in aiding the Holocaust.

Trump will continue on to a G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany. As the Business Insider article puts it:

Trump…urged western NATO allies in Europe to spend more on defense, drawing a comparison with Poland which meets the agreed target of two percent of annual economic output.

Later on Thursday, Trump was slated to condemn “the steady creep of government bureaucracy” and praise the sovereignty of nations in a speech at a Warsaw square, according to excerpts released by the White House.

“The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies,” he will say, according to the White House.

Nice 🙂

As to the other side of the world: Trump Plans “Pretty Severe Things” In Retaliation Against North Korea

“I have some pretty severe things we’re thinking about,” Trump said at a news conference in Warsaw. “Doesn’t mean we’re going to do them. I don’t draw red lines.”

“I think we will just take a look at what happens over the coming weeks and months with respect to North Korea,” Mr. Trump added. “It’s a shame they’re behaving this way and they’re behaving in a very dangerous manner, and something will have to be done about it.”

I don’t see how North Korea can ever be solved without China’s active participation. And at this point, China is not even giving permission. If we take on North Korea without China, we will end up in a war with China. I trust that Trump knows it.

UPDATE: Added a bit of emphasis in the Poland speech, and here are more quotes from it. Trump on the importance of families:

We can have the largest economies and the most lethal weapons anywhere on Earth, but if we do not have strong families and strong values, then we will be weak and we will not survive.

Trump defending Western civilization:

Americans, Poles, and the nations of Europe value individual freedom…

… if we don’t forget who are [as a civilization], we just can’t be beaten…

We reward brilliance. We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God.

We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression.

We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success. We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives. And we debate everything. We challenge everything. We seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves.

And above all, we value the dignity of every human life, protect the rights of every person, and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom.

That is who we are.

The more I learn about this speech, the more I see to like in it. Remember (or as I’ve blogged before), I am a Western supremacist.

Plus, today’s history lesson: In 1683, it looked like the Muslims (Ottoman Turks) would conquer Vienna and roll over Europe. The Pope called on all of Christian Europe to prevent it, and the Poles responded (among others). They prevailed.

It’s an example of Christianity’s – and Poland’s – importance to the West. If it hadn’t happened, America’s West-hating and Christianity-hating Left wouldn’t even be around today, to do their sneering/hating things.

Leftie juvenilia – with a smidge of progress

Watching lefties digest new political happenings is often like a scene from Harrison Bergeron, the dystopian future where no one is permitted to do anything skillfully.

Lefties are handicapped by their own needs and delusions, the poor dears. They can’t handle the truth. So they ignore large parts of it, fixate on a fragment or two, distort it, then fall over like a ballet dancer wearing unnecessary weights. Still, they might learn something – on the margins.

Laura Loomer and Jack Posobiec’s Shakespeare in the Park protest was somewhat new-ish: Conservatives bringing home the Left’s disruption tactics (though still being comparatively polite about it). At this link, you can watch Seth Myers and Amy Poehler struggle to address it.

As you’d expect, Myers and Poehler ignore the real context and point of the protest, making a laughable Straw Man out of it; then laugh dutifully, complete with wide eyes and shouting. It’s fine, it’s how they operate. As you’d expect. Except for one thing.

It does dawn on them that maybe people disrupting events isn’t what we all need and the Left should try to walk that one back. They slip in these words to their audience:

Free speech isn’t about just protecting speech you like. So, if you think it’s terrible to interrupt _Julius Caesar_, you have to think it’s terrible to interrupt Ann Coulter…She gets to speak too; liberals cannot be hypocrites when it comes to free speech…so, be OK with it when Ted Nugent says “President Obama can suck my machine gun.”

I left out the crap they wrapped around it. I’m saying, we can be grateful for the small things. Two leftie celebrities had a moment of self-awareness, and smuggled it into their audience. Will it take?

Manphobia hits new lows

In left-wing Berlin, Germany, we now have a crackdown on advertising that would dare to depict women as “nurturing, happy to do housework, beautiful, addicted to shopping” or men as “rational, aggressive, technologically gifted”.

Get it? Ads must feature unpleasant, unattractive, angry feminists disposing of pathetically weak and foolish men.

Boys must not be shown as “liking sports, the colour blue, and playing with technology”. According to these German feminists(!), girls are so stupid and deficient by nature that when they “see images of heterosexual housewives, the consequence is that they cannot imagine themselves outside this framework.”

Meanwhile in Madrid, they banned ‘manspreading’. Because God Forfend that a man on a bus should sit a bit comfortably. Crowder explains it to women and gets some to admit to the existence of female privilege.

Does Camille Paglia’s example prove or disprove a notion that women shouldn’t vote?

A commenter pointed us to this Weekly Standard interview with Camille Paglia. As in most of her work, she says true and fascinating things – on the way to wrong conclusions. As a sample, here she is on the election:

Hillary, with her supercilious, Marie Antoinette-style entitlement, was a disastrously wrong candidate for 2016 and that she secured the nomination only through overt chicanery by the Democratic National Committee, assisted by a corrupt national media who, for over a year, imposed a virtual blackout on potential primary rivals…

After Trump’s victory (for which there were abundant signs in the preceding months), both the Democratic party and the big-city media urgently needed to do a scathingly honest self-analysis, because the election results plainly demonstrated that Trump was speaking to vital concerns (jobs, immigration, and terrorism among them) for which the Democrats had few concrete solutions…

She has much more to say; RTWT. For example, she slams the transgender movement of today as dupes of Big Pharma:

…the pharmaceutical industry, having lost income when routine estrogen therapy for menopausal women was abandoned because of its health risks, has been promoting the relatively new idea of transgenderism in order to create a permanent class of customers…I condemn the escalating prescription of puberty blockers (whose long-term effects are unknown) for children. I regard this practice as a criminal violation of human rights.

And she covers President Trump’s recent “infrastructure” speech, which indeed was awesome.

But then, whom did Paglia support? (Disclosure: I supported no one; a registered Independent, I came close on Gary Johnson but even he wasn’t good enough for me.) As Paglia explains:

I am a registered Democrat who voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primary and for Jill Stein in the general election. Since last Fall, I’ve had my eye on Kamala Harris, the new senator from California, and I hope to vote for her in the next presidential primary.

Which is downright silly.

In travelling the “alt” opinion world, one occasionally comes across a strange theory that women shouldn’t vote. Here is an example from the vlogger Black Pigeon Speaks (who is center-Left on many issues, but right-ish on immigration, culture and terrorism). For the record: I disagree with the theory (that is, I think women should vote). But I’m going to describe it.

The essence of the theory (which again, I think is a broken theory) is that biology has wired men to take stands on issues and to initiate projects in the world; while it has wired women instead to be concerned with immediate safety and securing benefits from the group (and/or some patron). Because of that, says the theory, women voters over time will drag a country toward both appeasement (of its enemies) and socialism. Which is not good.

Is Camille Paglia evidence for that theory? Here we have a woman with a talent for grasping and expressing truth, yet she still can’t see through the people-destroying ruse of socialism.

Friends, Romans, Countrymen…

To follow up on that Shakespeare in the Park thing where President Trump is Julius Caesar and they assassinate him:

Caesar Flickerman, speaking in his alter ego of Fareed Zakaria at CNN, said “If you’re in NYC, go see Julius Caesar, free in Central Park, brilliantly interpreted for Trump era. A masterpiece”. (Yes, Zakaria tweeted that.)

Whereas Delta said “No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of Julius Caesar at this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines’ values.” BofA said “The Public Theater chose to present Julius Caesar in a way that was intended to provoke and offend. Had this intention been made known to us, we would have decided not to sponsor it.”

The irony, of course, is that the staging only creates sympathy for Trump. Rightly or wrongly, history ranks Caesar as one of its Great Men. The pack of Senators stabbing him look like cowards. The general bloodiness of the staging reminds people how sick and tasteless America’s “progressives” are.

UPDATE – The Left’s revenge-shakedown begins: C-list celebrities want to boycott Delta, BofA. Because they stopped paying out for the Trump-assassinating Public Theater.

Talk of National Divorce Goes Mainstream

Posted by V the K at 9:14 pm - June 8, 2017.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

Never Trumper David French sees the United States drifting toward National Divorce.

I’d argue that we face “something else,” and that something else is more akin to the beginning stages of a national divorce than it is to a civil war. This contention rests fundamentally in two trends, one political and the other far beyond politics. The combination of negative polarization and a phenomenon that economist Tyler Cowen calls “matching” is leading to a national separation so profound that Americans may not have the desire to fight to stay together. Unless trends are reversed, red and blue may ultimately bid each other adieu.

I’ve been saying it since 2012.  French does not see the inevitability of dissolution as clearly as I do. I don’t think we can ever go back to being a Federal Republic again. The left controls too much, and the Government is too big and too powerful. The only alternatives are a dissolution into multiple countries with different levels of freedom, or Totalitarian one party California-on-a-national-level tyranny.

California has already decided that federal laws on immigration don’t apply to them, and that the 1st and 2nd Amendments of the Constitution are not valid within their state.  California, Washington, and New York have decided to unilaterally implementing the Paris Climate Accords within their states. The cracks are readily apparent.

I’m not rooting for it, I just see it as a cultural and political inevitability.

I cannot help thinking of how the Soviet Union supported and financed the radical left movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s with the goal of tearing the USA apart. It took a while, but they ultimately succeeded.

Anyway, here’s some break-up music. The first three lines sum up my feelings toward the Democrat left concisely. And the rest of the song is pretty much my whole attitude toward this thing.

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Another Tactic for Fighting Back Against the Left

Posted by V the K at 8:59 pm - June 5, 2017.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends,Social Media

Apparently, making fun of their nipples is an effective tactic, if you can get access to pictures of their nipples and their nipples are mock-worthy.

OK, this is kind of an unserious post, but there is a broader more serious discussion going on about fighting the left more aggressively. Since the George W. Bush administration, the right has been lectured that we should take the high ground, that we should be civil and not resort to the kind of violent, deranged rhetoric of left wing politicians, or the obnoxiousness of groups like Occupy Wall Street, Code Pink, Black Lives Matter, Antifa… and the list goes on.

But all these years of Civility haven’t gotten us anywhere. Meanwhile, the left has only gotten more obnoxious. Look at Evergreen State College and Berkeley as only the most recent examples. The failure to push back against the violent left has only emboldened them to push harder and harder, become more extreme tot he point where they think it is okay to sneak up behind a peaceful right-wing protester and bash him on the head with a bike lock.

Not to mention that the right’s limp-mule response to the left gave rise to the alt-right; which is willing to fight back against the left, blow for blow but unfortunately contains some racist and disreputable elements. Someone once said that if good people refuse to fight, then they ought not complain if not-so-good people pick up the fight instead. Or, something like that.

Sometimes it’s fun to watch

Has Oliver Stone, the conspiracy-minded filmmaker, committed high crimes of HERESY and TREASON by questioning the Russia narrative?

“Mr. Putin is one of the most important leaders in the world and in so far as the United States has declared him an enemy – a great enemy – I think it’s very important we hear what he has to say.”

“[Stone’s new Putin documentary] opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven’t heard,” Stone said. “We went to see him four different times over two years.”

When questioned about allegations made by Democrats and the political left that President Trump has direct connections to Russia, Stone replied: “That’s a path that leads nowhere to my mind.”

“That’s an internal war of politics in the US in which the Democratic party has taken a suicide pact or something to blow him up; in other words, to completely de-legitimise him and in so doing blow up the US essentially,” he said. “What they’re doing is destroying the trust that exists between people and government. It’s a very dangerous position to make accusations you cannot prove.”

I’m old enough to remember when the Left stood for peace (or thought it did) and “understanding the Russians” was mandatory, as was “respecting the results of elections”. Stone is old enough, too. It will be fun to see if they’re going to turn on him.

Against ethnic identitarianism

First, let’s catch up on some lingo. Nathan Damigo, the guy who punched Moldylocks, founded something called “Identity Evropa” (meaning European). I visited the website and I did not find any statements that call for white supremacy; only for white/European identity.

Think of it this way. We have accepted identities such as African-American, Latino-American, Asian-American, Jewish-American, etc. In general, those identities don’t intend full-on Black or Latino or Asian or Jewish supremacy. They may sometimes achieve special privileges (for example, quotas or differing standards for the alleged races). But the majority of people holding to those identities don’t intend anything like a hard apartheid (or internment camps, etc.) for the other identities. In that sense, they usually aren’t “Black supremacists” or “Latino supremacists” or “Asian supremacists”, etc.

Damigo and company seem to be saying, we can get along with those identities but let’s have one for whites, too. They reject the term “white supremacists”. In the Rebel Media interview linked above, Damigo describes himself as a “white identitarian” and says that hysterical claims about his being a Nazi, a racist, etc. are just “anti-white hate speech” to shut down conversation.

It may sound almost reasonable until you remember that all identity politics are harmful. These guys are going in the exact wrong direction. They are doing a “Me, too” on racial identity politics. Like the others, they offer a cheap identity – “join the fraternity”, says their website. A San Diego Union-Tribune article says:

[As a Marine in Iraq, Damigo] saw firsthand the conflicts between the country’s ethnic and religious groups. “I said, ‘This is dumb. Why don’t … each one of them have their own country and they can all express themselves and … they’re not, you know, fighting with each other,” he told the Los Angeles Times in December.

In other words: Damigo might not want to harm or subjugate the other identities; but he thinks that both the Middle East and America should be even more ethnically-divided than they already are. Not good.

I believe in a melting-pot, American identity based on America’s founding principles of Human Freedom under Limited Government and the Rule of Law. Yes, the Left has pulled us all away from it with cheap, divisive identity politics. So let’s restore it.

When I come across identity-politics material of any kind (white, black or otherwise), the word “stupid” keeps popping into my head. I’ve been thinking about why that is. First, here is how I define the term. Interactions between 2 parties will have one of four outcomes.

  • I win, you win: That’s smart.
  • I win, you lose: That might be justice; if it’s not, then it’s predatory on my part, masochistic on your part.
  • I lose, you win: That might be justice; if it’s not, then it’s masochistic on my part, predatory on your part.
  • I lose, you lose: That’s just stupid.

With identity politics, everyone loses. Even the hucksters who gain financially from it are still losers – because they’re hucksters. If it’s stupid when Blacks or Asians or Latinos do it – and I’m afraid that it is – then it is equally stupid when whites do it.

All identitarians oversimplify their group’s history, and Identity Evropa is no exception. Their materials highlight Western civilization with majestic Greco-Roman-appearing figures next to slogans like “Let’s become great again”, “Serve your people”, “Discover who you are”, “Protect your heritage”. Fine. I like greatness and heroic art. But these guys seem unaware that Jesus was a Mediterranean Jew, and that the Greco-Roman civilizations (I dare not say “races”) were highly mixed, with a good deal of Mediterranean, Semitic (Phoenician), African and European heritage together.

They seem to forget that *culture is culture*. It isn’t about ethnicity, or tribe, or race, or genes, or color. It’s ideas; principles; the arts; laws and legal practices; philosophy; sciences; means of production and trade; food; ethics; things that can be adopted by anyone, of any ethnicity, at any time.

I am a Western supremacist. That is: I think that the Judeo-Christian-Greco-Roman-Lockean/Enlightenment civilization, while not perfect, is better than the others; it has the most elements from which an ideal civilization could be built. And I want to spread those good elements, by example and persuasion, to all ethnic groups (in America and the world).

It’s about the ideas/principles, and the individuals everywhere who may hold them. I couldn’t care less about the survival of *any* ethnicity as such. Ethnic identity is a sideshow, a rabbit hole where everyone loses, if we keep going down it.

And sorry Mr. Damigo, but if it does turn out that you’re one of those people who dwells on racial categories and uses them to pre-judge your fellow human beings: then yes, at that point you would be a racist. If you don’t want to wear that shoe, kindly make sure it never fits.

Democrats Against Reason and Enlightenment

Posted by V the K at 6:34 am - April 6, 2017.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

Did you know that Stanford accepted a kid into its freshman class whose application essay was nothing but the phrase “Black Lives Matter” repeated 100 times? This is the product of an elite culture that values virtue-signaling over reason: Schlichter:

But it is progressives’ total rejection of the norm of reason that is the real problem. It’s actually a wholesale rejection of the Enlightenment by those who babble loudest about being enlightened. Facts, evidence, logic – they have determined that these are horrendous obstacles to the imposition of their progressive dictatorship, and they are trying their best to stamp them out. In the place of offering Fact A and Fact B as the reasons to accept Conclusion C, they instead offer Hack Cliché A to lead to Pre-determined Conclusion B – as in “Be Silent and Obey Us.”

A conservative might argue, “Studies and experience show that the government giving free money to people tends to make them less likely to work and causes disintegrating family structures, leading to more poverty.” To which a progressive would respond, “You racist!”

Or a conservative might argue, “History has shown that military weakness and strategic indecision emboldens dictators.” To which a progressive would respond, “You racist!”

Or a conservative might argue, “Cheeseburgers are better with bacon because bacon is awesome.” To which a progressive would respond, “You racist! Plus I’m differently-abled due to lactose intolerance and also bacon offends our Muslim friends. So you’re ableist and Islamophobic too.”

Responding to reasoned points with personal attacks is not an argument. It’s throwing tantrum in the hope your opponent will simply grow frustrated and give up.

Goes a long way toward explaining why we can’t have honest, intelligent debate about policy. How can you have a reasoned debate with people who just want to attack the First Lady’s picture and get excited because one of Trump’s aides got taken off the National Security Council? How can you discuss logic and facts with people who just want to virtue-signal and chirp idiotic cliches like “building bridges not walls?

And Another One

Posted by V the K at 1:28 pm - February 7, 2017.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

Is anything in this short video untrue. No. The reason fewer and fewer thoughtful people identify with the left is because the left has become vapid, intolerant, and ever increasingly violent (and tolerant of violence).

The reason there are no thoughtful leftists is because thought itself has become haram on the left because independent thought might lead a thinking to the “wrong” conclusions.

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Trump Must Be Hitler, Otherwise the People Who Said He Was Hitler Must Admit Being Wrong

Posted by V the K at 9:45 am - January 31, 2017.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

Interesting thesis. The idea that because so many on the left (and a few on the right) have been screaming “Trump is Hitler,” so loudly and so adamantly that they either have to make him into Hitler, or admit that they were being stupid and foolish.

Now you have literally millions of citizens in the United States who were either right about Trump being the next Hitler, and we will see that behavior emerge from him soon, or they are complete morons. That’s a trigger for cognitive dissonance. The science says these frightened folks will start interpreting all they see as Hitler behavior no matter how ridiculous it might seem to the objective observer. And sure enough, we are seeing that.

But lately I get the feeling that Trump’s critics have evolved from expecting Trump to be Hitler to preferring it. Obviously they don’t prefer it in a conscious way. But the alternative to Trump becoming Hitler is that they have to live out the rest of their lives as confirmed morons. No one wants to be a confirmed moron. And certainly not after announcing their Trump opinions in public and demonstrating in the streets. It would be a total embarrassment for the anti-Trumpers to learn that Trump is just trying to do a good job for America. It’s a threat to their egos. A big one.

George Will: #SadRepublican

Posted by V the K at 3:57 pm - November 3, 2016.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

George Will — who some of you may recognize as a token “conservative commentator” the Democrat Media Complex likes to  have on panels with 3 or 4 liberals — is very sad thar the Republican nominee is Donald Trump. So sad is George Will that he not only wants Trumpy to lose, he wants Trump to lose in a devastating electoral landslide that probably loses the House and Senate, too…. and also takes down talk radio forever. Because such a loss will reassert the power of the Washington Establishment and shut up those peasants in the countryside with their stupid yearning for change.

“Mrs. Clinton may win by four (percentage) points, but well over 300 electoral votes. That would help the Republicans,” Will theorized. “The Republican Party has to do several things. First, it has to somehow emancipate itself from its thralldom to the indignation industry of talk radio and certain cable personalities that I think have a paralyzing effect on the party when it tries to deal with things like immigration.”

Without talk radio, the GOP would have passed the “Amnesty Now/Border Security Later (Maybe… Or Maybe We’ll Just Forget About Border Security Once We Have Amnesty Like We Have Done Every Other Time Before)” Comprehensive Immigration Reform bills championed by George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Like the rest of the Republican Establishment, George Will does not think the concerns raised by the “Basket of Deplorables” who are voting for Trump are legitimate. Their concern about the hollowing out of middle America … not legitimate. Their concern about the unchecked flood of immigrants and their effects on low-skilled job wages, schools, and welfare systems…. completely illegitimate. Their concern that Washington DC has become a cozy, cronyist cabal of politicians, lobbyists, donors, and media? Not legitimate at all.

Like most of the GOP, Will thinks that the Trump phenomenon is entirely based on personality and “racist/sexist/xenophobic” rhetoric that excites a certain stupid portion of the electorate who will all go back to eating the excrement sandwiches the GOP will provide once Trump is gone.

You know what else George Will doesn’t like? Blue Jeans.

Denim is the infantile uniform of a nation in which entertainment frequently features childlike adults (“Seinfeld,” “Two and a Half Men”) and cartoons for adults (“King of the Hill”). Seventy-five percent of American “gamers” — people who play video games — are older than 18 and nevertheless are allowed to vote. In their undifferentiated dress, children and their childish parents become undifferentiated audiences for juvenilized movies (the six — so far — “Batman” adventures and “Indiana Jones and the Credit-Default Swaps,” coming soon to a cineplex near you). Denim is the clerical vestment for the priesthood of all believers in democracy’s catechism of leveling — thou shalt not dress better than society’s most slovenly. To do so would be to commit the sin of lookism — of believing that appearance matters. That heresy leads to denying the universal appropriateness of everything, and then to the elitist assertion that there is good and bad taste.

Denim is the carefully calculated costume of people eager to communicate indifference to appearances. But the appearances that people choose to present in public are cues from which we make inferences about their maturity and respect for those to whom they are presenting themselves.

(Which calls to mind an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati from the 1970s)

21st Century America as Medieval Europe

Posted by V the K at 2:49 pm - October 13, 2016.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

Victor Davis Hanson lays out the case that our modern era is not much more than the Middle Ages with sexting.

Closeted scholiasts wrote esoteric treatises that no one read. These works were sort of like the incomprehensible “theory” articles of university humanities professors who are up for tenure.
Medieval elites relied on massive walls and moats — sort of similar to what we see with the present-day gated estates of Malibu and Silicon Valley.
The great architects of the late Middle Ages could design majestic cathedrals at places such as Chartres and Rouen. But debt, incompetence, and quarreling meant that their construction — unlike the earlier construction of the Parthenon — took centuries to complete. The blueprints and mock-ups for California high-speed rail are as grandiose as the plans of medieval Gothic churches. But the reality of ever completing the project will require a half-century of cost overruns, lawsuits, and continual higher fees and taxes.

However, the people of the Middle Ages had something we lace… faith and spirituality.

People living in medieval times believed in transcendence and a soul, and sought to keep alive culture until civilization returned. People living in modern times increasingly live for their appetites without worry about what follows — with little awareness of what has been lost and so not a clue about how to recapture it.

He’s Right, That’s Exactly What It Is

Posted by V the K at 2:00 pm - September 29, 2016.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

“[PC Culture is] a way of marginalizing normal people.” – Norm MacDonald.

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Murderous Ideologies and Absolute Power

Posted by V the K at 10:28 pm - September 1, 2016.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

A Long Read, but very worthwhile. It is not only an insight into the psychology behind the atrocities of Stalin, but also to the impulse that facilitated those atrocities.

 Soviet Marxism rejected the very concept of human rights. Leninist ideology instructed one to think of classes, not humanity. What race was to Nazis, class was to Bolsheviks, and class origin, like race, was not something one chose. People born into bourgeois, noble, or kulak families had no more right to life than Jews or Gypsies did to Nazis.

Substitute the word “privilege” for class and you can hear the echoes of this impulse in the rhetoric of the Social Justice Left of today. The American left has tacitly rejected the very concept of human rights as being bequeathed by God and substituted the idea that rights are granted (and hence can be taken away) by the State. Free Speech, to the American Left, is no a basic human right, but an article of privilege that can be revoked if the speech offends a homosexual, a Muslim, a trasngendered, a feminist, an illegal immigrant, or any other identified group one is forbidden to offend. Freedom of religion, ditto. Freedom of conscience, ditto. On our college campuses… which are, in terms of ideological conformity, if not mass-murder … the most Stalinist institutions in our country, young males are, as a matter of policy, denied human rights such as due process when accused by rape, regardless of how specious the charge is.

And the tool to negate the universality of human rights is the notion of “privilege.” Hostility toward privilege is just warmed over Marxist class rhetoric, tarted up with big, academic-sounding nonsense words like “intersectionality” and “microaggression.”

The article goes into detail about the atrocities committed by Stalin and his underlings, and the justification for mass murder, imprisonment, and torture. And the root of it all was loyalty to Socialist Ideology and the Communist Party.

Comrades, none of us wishes or is able to be right against his Party. The Party in the last analysis is always right, because the Party is the sole historical instrument given the proletariat for the solution of its basic problems. . . . I know that one cannot be right against the party. It is only possible to be right with the Party and through the Party for history has not created other ways for the realization of what is right.

Something to think about whenever Hillary’s crimes or Obama’s abuses of power are defended by other Democrats for the good of the party. Something also to think about when social justice leftists like Dan Savage muse about how wonderful it would be if all Republicans “dropped dead” and are rewarded with applause from Bill Maher’s audience of trained leftist seals.  Or, for that matter, when the Democrat Left’s new pet hate group, #BlackLivesMatter, calls for and celebrates the murder of people they oppose, and are rewarded with positions of prominence at the Democrat National Convention.  Or the fact that the current Democrat president was mentored by a wannabe terrorist and mass murderer, who is not merely defended by the media and his party, but treated as an honored and celebrated citizen.

Socialism has always been a dehumanizing, destructive, and ultimately murderous ideology.

They wear those Che shirts for a reason, you know.

The Motto of Gay Conservatism

Posted by V the K at 5:13 pm - August 12, 2016.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

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Gay Billionaire Techno Vampires for Trump

Posted by V the K at 8:45 am - August 2, 2016.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

Give a gay guy a few billion dollars and suddenly he’s Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed.

More than anything, Peter Thiel, the billionaire technology investor and Donald Trump supporter, wants to find a way to escape death. He’s channeled millions of dollars into startups working on anti-aging medicine, spends considerable time and money researching therapies for his personal use, and believes society ought to open its mind to life-extension methods that sound weird or unsavory.

Speaking of weird and unsavory, if there’s one thing that really excites Thiel, it’s the prospect of having younger people’s blood transfused into his own veins.

As society becomes more automated and wealth more concentrated, it’s not a hard leap to imagine a dystopian future where the poor and young have nothing to offer but their bodies to the wealthy and old.  Other billionaires are pumping money into research toward having their consciousnesses transferred into a cybernetic realm. Of course, that wouldn’t actually be your consciousness, would it? It would just be a copy of it. You’d still be dead; there would just be a copy of you stored in cyberspace.

The amount of ego and narcissism … hubris, I suppose… is epic; to believe you are so important that your essence is worth preserving at any cost. I imagine thousands of lives of less fortunate people could be made better for the fortunes being poured into this research. And at the end of it…. supposing they even achieve their goal… they are merely prolonging their existence in a deeply flawed, imperfect world (although I am pretty sure the flaws and imperfections are less apparent if one is a billionaire).

Hat Tip: NRO

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Protesters Demand More Crime and Welfare Dependency

Posted by V the K at 7:56 am - July 21, 2016.
Filed under: Hysteria on the Left,Ideas & Trends

The Movement to Abolish Police Departments is moving into the mainstream of the left. Left-wing activists want police defunded to pay for more Free Sh-t.

IMHO, the cops should take them up on their offer; declare parts of major cities “Police-Free Zones” and focus their efforts on protecting people who want police protection while leaving the other areas under the control of “Community Systems of Justice” or whatever. They could even release all those “non-violent offenders” into the PFZ’s where they would assuredly be welcome.

“Our mandate, in this time, is to avenge the suffering of our ancestors.”

Apparently, this means voting for the party that fought for Jim Crow and slavery.